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Main » 2007 » November » 3 » LAFMS (Los Angeles Free Music Society)
LAFMS (Los Angeles Free Music Society)

LAFMS: The Lowest Form of Music
"The unearthing of the LAFMS recordings is experimental rock history at it's most historical and hysterical - a completely bizarro and further-out counterpart to the L.A. punk scene."
~ Thurston Moore


The LAFMS was a lightning rod for pre-punk & non-punk musical whatsis from all over the globe. This compilation deals primarily with the associations core members and their good works, but one of the LAFMS' prime functions was to transform itself (via "mere" extended activity) into a kind of magneto-art-sump for universal noise oddballs. Its name became a kind of secret handshake that allowed culturally disenfranchised puds & pudettes to identify each other.

In a way, the LAFMS bridged the years between the appearance of Meet the Residents in '74 and 1/2 Japanese's first EP in '77; linking the Euro-rooted sophistication of early '70s American experimentation to the insanely intuitive noise gushing that came about after punk unlocked the undergrounds id. The sound of Smegma was the exact kind of thing that every isolated suburban Beefheart fan imagined himself or herself producing in the company of true peers. The same could be said of Le Forte Four, the Doo-Dooettes, Airway, and most of the other units that the LAFMS extruded.

Improvisation, concrete assemblage, kraut-moosh, tinkling, noise, and weirdness for the sake of weirdness were all perceived as hallmarks of the LAFMS ethos. In a year as dull as 1975, the wee-est taste of meat that strong could be enough to separate your head from your body. Forever. Again. For those who were brave enough to send away for LAFMS records or tapes, its name will gawp forever as a wide portal to a parallel cosmos that could only be suspected in the years before the "cassette revolution" (so called). And since almost no one has ever heard all the material that makes up this voluminous compendium, it is guaranteed to be its own set of trap doors to a very special void.
~Byron Coley, Northampton, MA. 1994


Disc One:
Chip Chapman, Le Forte Four
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Disc Two:
Le Forte Four, Airway
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Disc Three:
Le Forte Four Live at the Brand, Live at Century City
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Disc Four:
Doo-Dooettes Live at the Brand, Live Outside, Live Close Radio
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Disc Five:
Blorpe Esette, Smegma, Airway, C.V. Massage
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Disc Six:
Doo-Dooettes Look to this
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Disc Seven:
Joe Potts, Doo-Dooettes, Solid Eye, Monitor, Dennis Duck, and others
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Disc Eight:
Rick Potts Solo
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Disc Nine:
Tom Recchion Solo
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Disc Ten:
Gerold Bole, Doo-Dooettes, Monique et Aviv, Dinosaurs with Horns
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Lowest Form of Music review by Edwin Pouncey, The Wire


Thanks farner for this !!!

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